Essex League Division One: Jon Gaffney relishing derby battle between Woodford Wells and South Woodford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 August 2017

Sets of cricket stumps are lined up (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS  Photo)

Sets of cricket stumps are lined up (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Monkhams Lane skipper ready to face Essex opener Nick Browne if he is available, but won’t be making any special plans for local cricketer

Jon Gaffney is excited for Woodford Wells to do battle with South Woodford in the Essex League Premier Division on Saturday.

Only six points separate the two local rivals ahead of this weekend’s derby at Highfield Road.

South Woodford are just outside of the bottom two while Wells on one place above them, but Gaffney said: “It is a big game on Saturday and it is really important for the two teams.

“Some people are saying it is a potential relegation scrap, but I personally don’t think that is right.

“We are both not far off the top and it only takes one win and we are in a promotion battle again.

“It is important we try and kick on and bounce back after losing at home to Belhus last weekend.”

There is a chance that Wells could come up against Essex opener Nick Browne, who started his career with South Woodford and still plays for them when he can.

Although Gaffney conceded the local cricketer is extremely talented, his team won’t be making any special plans.

He said: “We need to play the 11 people in front of us. We know Nick is a good player, otherwise he wouldn’t be a pro, but we will approach it the same way.

“If he does play then we will try to get him out early, but we can’t control if he is available or not, so it won’t change how we prepare.”

Gaffney was disappointed to see Wells failing to win last weekend at home to Belhus, as they lost by five wickets.

A number of the Monkhams Lane batsmen made starts, but couldn’t go on and get a crucial big score.

With both Wells and South Woodford desperate for points, Gaffney wants his team to put in a decent showing this weekend.

He added: “We need to play well because we know they are going to be strong, but if we want the bragging rights we have to put in a good performance.

“We were disappointed with last weekend, so hopefully someone can step up and get a hundred or a five-wicket haul and win us the game.”

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